Once a Queen director Lawrence Johnston, editor Andrew Narozny and cinematographer Lex Middleton in front of the packed audienc
Once a Queen director Lawrence Johnston, editor Andrew Narozny and cinematographer Lex Middleton in front of the packed audienc

Jacaranda girls on film



AS an award-winning documentary maker, Lawrence Johnston's job is safe, but if he falls on hard times then there's a good chance Clarence River Tourism could hire him.

Mr Johnston's tribute to Grafton's Jacaranda Festival and its annual search for a queen, Once A Queen, was eagerly awaited, but with a tinge of concern.

The last portrayal of Grafton at Jacaranda time, Purple Haze, left some feeling the town was misrepresented.

But the applause that filled the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club after the premiere screening of Once A Queen on Wednesday night dis- missed any reservations the 150 attendees may have had.

Historic archival footage, emotion-charged interviews with former queens and breathtaking shots of the Jacarandas in bloom held the mirror up to the people of Grafton ? and they liked what they saw.

Don't miss the screenings tonight and Friday night at the Grafton Public School from 7.30pm.

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the festival.



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